Serena Williams, chasing her record-tying 24th Grand Slam crown, lost to Victoria Azarenka in three sets on Thursday in the US Open semifinals.
The rising tennis star Coco Gauff will now face the winner of Sofia Kenin vs Zhang Shuai in the fourth round of Aussie Open.
Gauff beat Williams 7-6 (5), 6-3 on Monday. “I was a bit shocked. I’m sure everyone was a bit shocked,” said Gauff.
At the Auckland Classic, Williams won her first title since the 2017 Australian Open, breaking a three-year drought.
“I just remember it was windy and being angry, hating my now-husband Alexis Ohanian. I was like ‘I can’t stand you and I don’t know why,” recalled Williams.
She became the oldest No. 1 in WTA history and equalled Steffi Graf’s record for most consecutive weeks atop the rankings. She became the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam singles trophy in the professional era. However, now Williams is itching to equal Margaret Court’s record 24 Grand Slam titles.
“Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” she has told the press. “I definitely have the will, so I think I will keep finding the way. I feel like I’m going to get more [wins] as the future goes on.” – Venus Williams
The US Open winner tweeted a picture of her enigmatic self with the belt writing, “Thank you @WWE for the gift!! Who trynna square up?”
Serena Williams lost another final. In her fourth major final since childbirth two years ago, the ace tennis star was looking for a history-making 24th major title.
After losing in straight sets at the Wimbledon final to Simona Halep, Williams said she “knew I need to work harder, just do better.”
Ashleigh Barty became only the second Australian woman to top the world rankings when she won the Birmingham WTA title.
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